Thursday, February 25, 2010

"owls have more fun" with lisa grue

Fashion illustrator, Lisa Grue, in front of her mesmerizing Owl wallpaper

This evening, I checked out fashion illustrator, Lisa Grue's, show, Owls Have More Fun, at the hanahou gallery in Noho. The whole gallery space--from the wallpaper to the hanging plates and rug on the floor--was decked in Lisa's hypnotic owl patterns and prints. Though black and white was the predominant motif, decorative pink, orange, blue, and yellow pom poms adorned the sets. My favorites pieces were Lisa's owl plates with yarn pom poms weaved right into their ceramic borders.

In an interview with the gallery, Lisa said, "Owls are a symbol of being clever. And I think there are many aspects of modern life in which we could act in a more clever way. For example, I think it would be refreshing if women and young girls would take pride in being clever in general, instead of acting like stupid bunnies to get attention." Right on sister!!

Her show will be up at the hanahou gallery until March 26.


pom poms!!

some bunnies, lisa did for nylon magazine

me and my super amazing thesis advisor, fashion illustrator, bil donovan, Bil's beautiful pieces make us all swoon and sigh.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

live from Bryant Park!

Just when I thought I was going to have to suffer a fashion week without gracing Bryant Park, my beautiful Brazilian friend, Barbara Graetzer-Zubieta, got me into the Alexandre Herchcovitch show! Being at the park always arouses a mixture of excitement, panic, and paranoia. But once you're in the show and the lights dim low, all of that dissipates, and your heart goes a flutter. The Herchcovitch collection was a delicious concoction of frills, braided glitz, and gold. Describing the collection, Alexandre said he wanted to "peculiarly" mix Soviet legends and folklore with punk rock flair. Yum!

I tried my luck after the show, and muscled my way to the Anna Sui standing line, watching the biggies walk on by, but alas, it was to full capacity!

Here were some of the beautiful pieces I shot from Alexandre's show:

here are a couple of my favorites from his previous collections...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

ah that's better!

sonia rykiel for h&m feb 20

HATS! HATS! so many HATS! When I was interviewing illustrator, Mel Odom, we were fantasizing about women wearing marvelously, ridiculous and fantastic hats again. Perhaps, after the appearance of all the bowlers, caplettes, berets, and pom pommed bonnets, they might make a come back in the upcoming season. My Erykah Badu-esque afro tends to make wearing them a tad difficult, but maybe I'll invest in some and try to be real a life rykiel girl.

here's round two, kicking it off with rebecca taylor...a fresh breath of oooh ahhh, that's so much better...
cynthia steffe rocking the mod sassy school girl look. I can't get enough of her teenage bond girls in berets and long socks...

alice + olivia's frocks were fancy fun! dandy little hats, feathered shoulders and skirts, sequins, and overall dapper feminine flair...
"These pieces are fun. They're like candy." - Stacey Bendet, Alice + Olivia designer
side ponies, bright stripes, and fun skull adornments from lacoste...

betsey back on the runway with vamp western hooligans and shenanigans...dvf...nice shants...

Saturday, February 13, 2010

drunk sleepovers with the rodarte sisters

alexander

The beginning of the new york fashion season has left me feeling like there is something more to be desired. Perhaps it's due to the fact that we are all lamenting the loss of future fantastically overwrought masterpieces by McQueen. Everything else just seems so sub-par to his creative genius. Maybe we just have to wait another day or two for the good stuff to surface...or just wait until London and Paris fashion week.

It seems as if many of the designers have tried copying the marvels that the rodarte sisters produced the last few seasons and tried flattening them out in an effort to make them more "wearable." But doesn't everyone know that sometimes things are more fun when they aren't...when they are just insane and ridiculous! That is the fashion spirit, I admire the most. I can't wait to see what the sister duo comes up with this season. I'm sure it won't disappoint.

Despite my pessimism, which is very uncharacteristic of me, there were a few sparkles in the darkness. I love fashion week. Every time it comes around, I am actually all a flutter. Here are some of my favorites so far.

ruffian

rachel comey


shirley and halmos

ports 1961 (kind of liked this show because they gave everyone big, soft, fluffy curls)

retro digs by organic by john patrick

organic by john patrick

jen kao